Recognizing the problem of finding a safe place to keep a bike, I established
Cycle Garage in 1995. My goal was to create a clean, secure motorcycle and
scooter only garage; a place for people who cared about their bikes to bring
them indoors, safely away from the worries of street parking or public garages.
Having kept a bike on the street for many years, I know what it is like,
dealing with careless car drivers who knock over bikes and damage them, vandals
who stole covers and slashed seats, and last but not least, parking tickets. I
worried every morning that I would return to where I had parked to find my bike
damaged, with parts missing, or GONE. I investigated commercial parking garages.
Though they said they catered to motorcycles, they were often just as bad as
Many garages employed people who didn't know or didn't care one bit about
motorcycles. Often "parking spaces" were merely places that the garage otherwise
couldn't use to park a car. Bikes were frequently moved (and dropped) by
employees. Likewise, security was minimal at best. I have heard many stories of
parts and accessories disappearing from bikes parked in these facilities,
including an entire brand new exhaust system.
There is a Scooter section, added at the request of some of the members. This
is a space set up so that the scooterists can be together and enjoy a slightly
reduced monthly rate. This area is out of the way of the motorcycle population
but with all of the amenities the bigger spaces enjoy.
All this for less per month than any commercial parking in the area.